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Airline Division News, Week Ending May 27, 2011

AAWW, ABX Representatives Meet with DHL Counterparts

Members of the AAWW TEC, compromised of the representatives of the soon to be merged Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo pilot groups and the ABX ExCo, traveled to Germany this week to attend the annual meeting of carriers whose pilots fly cargo worldwide for DHL. The meeting focused on common strategies and issues facing the various groups.

Local 1224 leadership meets with Omni Flight & Cabin Crews

Members of the Local 1224 leadership traveled to Ireland to meet with flight and cabin crews of Omni Air International to discuss the ongoing pilot contract discussions and brief the both cabin and flight crews on the status of those discussions.

Comair FA Contract Discussions continue

Negotiations for the Comair flight attendants continued with progress being reported on several sections, according to International negotiator Frederick Dubinsky. While much work remains, he notes that five sections have already been tentatively agreed to. More talks are scheduled for the week of June 6th.

RAH Contract Mediation to Begin

Mediated discussions for the new contract for RAH pilots are scheduled to begin the last week of June in Washington, under the auspices of Mediator Pat Simms.

IBT Official Addresses UAL Mechanics

In response to attempts by other unions who are seeking to derail the UAL Mechanics transition Tentative Agreement with a series of knowingly false accusations, George Miranda, Vice President and Chairman of the Airline Division Advisory Board of Directors took the rare step of issuing the following message to all UAL Mechanics:

To:  All United Airlines Mechanic and Related Employees

Reckless accusations of dishonesty involving conversations with the National Mediation Board have been alleged against our fellow members, attorneys and officials of the Airline Division.  These recent postings are desperate attempts to distract you from the improvements achieved by the Teamsters United Airlines Negotiating Committee in the contract you are voting on.

Not one of these completely false accusations reflect one iota upon the content of the contract proposal or any substantive issue affecting your terms and conditions of employment, or anything remotely related to your lives or careers.  For that reason, I would normally treat these types of destructive comments as the sideshow they are, not worthy of a response.  However, no one should mistake silence with acquiescence.

I have fully investigated these allegations that have been generated by these disgruntled supporters of other unions and can assure you that there is no truth to the allegations or the posts.  The Airline Division, attorneys and members of the negotiating committee stand behind the statements made during the contract meetings, and I personally stand behind the integrity and veracity of all of those who worked so hard to obtain the agreement.

In Memoriam

Last week, we reported the sudden and sad passing of Atlas Air Professional Flight Engineer Frank O’Donnell while on a flight in Hong Kong. Earlier this week Frank O'Donnell’s family accompanied his body back to the states on an Atlas aircraft from Hong Kong to Cincinnati. On behalf of the Airline Division, we are very grateful for the assistance of Atlas Air during a very difficult time.

As mentioned previously, Frank has been with Atlas Air since January 1995.  He was a Graduate of Villanova University and served in USAF from 1962-1968, then became an Engineer Officer for Pan American World Airways from 1968 until Pan American closed its doors in 1991.  Frank is survived by his wife, Venice, their son Sean and daughter Tania, who were all by his side when he passed.

Those wishing to send condolences to the O'Donnell family may do so at: 

1761 Hunters Circle,
West Chester, PA 19380

 

Week In Review News Items

Legislative, Safety and Regulatory

The NTSB is inconclusive in it’s report on the cause of the crash that killed Senator Ted Stevens…House Democrats are warning that passage of long-term legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration is in doubt.

Airline Industry Finances and Structures

Spirit Airlines launched its IPO  on Thursday on NASDAQ under the "SAVE" symbol… Citing an “effort to dress up a commercial dispute in antitrust garb,” Travelport is seeking a motion to dismiss American Airlines antitrust complaint… AMR Corp., parent company of American Airlines, is evaluating the future of its American Eagle regional division.

Miscellaneous

While United remains headquartered in Chicago, the city is no longer its biggest hub…

 

In honor of our servicemen and women past and present, the offices of the Airline Division will be closed on Monday, Memorial Day.  The offices will be open for regular business on Tuesday morning. 

We wish to extend our thanks and thoughts to all who have served our country.

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